Monday, December 4, 2017

Action Figure Review: Supergirl (Rebirth) from DC Comics Icons by DC Collectibles

  Often we exchange gifts with my wife's family around Thanksgiving due to our various schedules making it difficult to see each other closer to Christmas. We had an early Christmas this year and one of my gifts was the DC Comics Icons Supergirl. At the end of 2015 with the release of the first series of Icons figures it really seemed like DC Collectibles was going to create an incredible line of figures. Heck, earlier this year it seemed like things were going well too as figures like Deathstroke and Swamp Thing were incredible and upcoming releases like Deadshot, Catwoman, Etrigan, and the Blue Beetle/ Booster Gold two-pack looked amazing as well. Unfortunately, DC Collectibles started cancelling figures left and right and all of those upcoming releases were cancelled. The recent Superman versus Doomsday set was slated to be the final release in the line, so reviewing another excellent figure from this line is kind of bittersweet. This Supergirl figure is based on the DC Rebirth series which is quite good so far (I've only read the first trade; the second is sitting on my nightstand just waiting to be read once I finish the most recent volume of Justice League of America). Let's take a look at this very impressive version Kara Zor-El after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, balljointed hips with vertical hinged pegs, hinged abdomen, mid-torso balljoint, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double balljointed head.

Accessories: Alternate heat vision head, 2 heat blasts, 3 sets of interchangeable hands, and a hovering stand.

Sculpted by: Sam Greenwell

Non-Scalper Price: $24-$28 dollars

 The Positives:

* The DC Icons line has almost consistently had beautiful sculpting and paintwork and Supergirl is another excellent figure. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this is an excellent rendition of the Rebirth Supergirl which could probably seamlessly fit into most other DC action figure collections, too. It's a beautiful figure in a very basic style and I love it. The outfit is very classic without looking "dated" which makes it much more versatile. 

* Kara Zor-El's portrait is quite good and features some neat and clean paint applications. I like the work on her hair and the decision to have her hair covering her left eye. It's interesting and differentiates her from most previous Supergirl figures.

* Supergirl includes two headsculpts. While the first is a standard, slightly passive expression the second shows off Kara using her heat vision. This looks incredible! The heads swap out easily and the heat beams are made from translucent plastic. They are separate pieces (they come packaged separately, so some assembly is required), but I'll speak about that in a minute.

 * The DC Icons articulation isn't perfect but it's a step above Mattel's Multiverse articulation and most other DC Collectibles figures, too. I quite like it, actually, as every figure has felt strong and durable. While she can't look straight up in a flying pose, everything else works great and Supergirl can take some great fighting poses. The double hinged knees and elbows are great.

* Not only is her "S" symbol a sculpted element but it is also nicely painted. I'm also loving the very natural way her cape drapes over her shoulders.

* Supergirl's cape is made from a rubbery material that is quite flexible. It's heavy enough that it hangs naturally but not so heavy or rigid that it impedes the motion of the figure.

* Supergirl's boots look great (they actually look like they're separate from the legs) and her skirt hangs realistically. It's made from the same flexible plastic as the cape.

* Supergirl includes 6 interchangeable hands: A pair of fists, a pair of open palms, and a pair of standard gripping hands. These swap out easily and breakage doesn't seem to be a problem.

* Last, and certainly not least, Supergirl comes with a levitation stand. Well, it's really just a translucent plastic stand that's raised up and positioned at an angle to allow Kara to look like she's hovering. It works really, really well, though, and the effect is quite convincing. Cool stuff like this really makes me upset that the Icons line has ended.
 The Negatives:

* While the heat vision effect looks cool it is very tough to assemble. The holes on the eyes are very small and the pegs on the heat beams seem very fragile. It took me a bit to very, very carefully get this assembled. Please take care! I haven't had any problems but I think it's worth nothing that DC Collectibles should have just made this a single piece (or attached it themselves) rather than have the customer attempt it.
   I really like the Icons line and I'm going to go ahead and declare Supergirl an Epic figure as well. She is very possibly my favorite Supergirl figure ever (although I do really like the DC Superheroes and the New 52 versions) thanks to her excellent sculpt and paint and some very solid accessories. The heat vision head is excellent and the "hover" stand makes for some fun ways to display the figure. Shop around or pick her up at your local comic book store and you can probably still pick her up; she's been out for a few months but I'm not sure how long she'll hang around.

Looking for more Supergirl? I've also reviewed the Lil Bombshells standard Supergirl minifigure and the "Noir" Supergirl variant, the DC Multiverse TV Supergirl, the single packed DC Nano Metalfigs Supergirl and the Pack B 5-figure set, and the the Supergirl from the DC Super Hero Girls Action Pack six figure set!

If you're looking for more DC Comics Icons reviews check out the following:

Batgirl (Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Last Rites)
Deathstroke (The Judas Contract)
Harley Quinn (No Man's Land)
The Joker (A Death in the Family)
Swamp Thing (Dark Genesis)

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